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25 Quotes To Inspire You To Become A Rebellious Entrepreneur

25 Quotes To Inspire You To Become A Rebellious Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are an interesting breed. They go against the grain and create their own path.

Although entrepreneurs are ambitious, they do come across obstacles where just a few words can re-ignite the passion behind their mission, their purpose, and their ultimate goal.

There is a lot of power behind words.  Words can inspire, create emotions, and even start a movement.

You can find quotes every where and people love sharing them. An issue with quotes can be that they are just read and not reflected upon.

Entrepreneurs need to find focus:

– A rebellious entrepreneur is one who shows the desire and will to continue forward despite opposition, negativity, and resist convention.

– Rebellious entrepreneurs will focus on one quote and read it at different times of the day, they will then find that quote itself changes.

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– They will see it under a different light as well as learn something new.

This approach allows you, the rebellious entrepreneur, to focus on one thing with the idea of bringing many possibilities.

These quotes will unleash and inspire the rebel in all entrepreneurs.

Follow these 3 steps with the following list of 25 quotes:

  1. Save them to your computer or bookmark this page
  2. Choose one rebellious entrepreneur quote for the day
  3. Read the quote throughout the day (morning, afternoon, and at the end of your day)

1. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

Maybe you thought about how things would be different if you were more of a risk taker or didn’t have the fear of rejection.  It’s normal to have these feelings.  Remember, if there was no such things as fear then bravery and courage wouldn’t exist.

2. “Great minds discuss ideas.  Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

You can get caught up in the gossip and the constant feeds of events going on.  Gossip only brings instability within your team and organization.  Instead, be the one who crushes gossip and inspires ideas.

3.  “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

As an entrepreneur, you are waiting for that one opportunity to be that tipping point where the game changes. If you are finding yourself patiently waiting but nothing is coming, it may be time to bring out the toolbox, get your hands dirty, and build a door yourself.

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4.  “To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.” – Sven Goran Eriksson

Like Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Small minds discuss people.” Once you start comparing yourself to other successful people and wishing you were like them or have what they have, the world misses out on you showing who you truly are.  We all have something unique to offer.

5.  “First they ignore you.  Then they laugh at you.  Then they fight you.  Then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

It’s not easy being an entrepreneur.  You will not always get the support you need.  You will be constantly rejected and made fun of.  And there will always be someone ahead of you or trying to out-do you.  Good.  It means you are doing something right.

6.  “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them don’t hurt them.” -Dalai Lama

What you do matters.  You must find a deeper purpose of the WHY behind what you are doing.  Don’t worry about building up the bottom line.  It will come once you start focusing on helping others.

7.  “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” – Joseph Campbell

As a rebellious entrepreneur, you create your own path.  If you find that the grass is always green and the paths are beautifully manicured then there is a good chance you are missing out on the opportunities waiting specifically for you.

8.  “Beware the bareness of a busy life.” – Socrates

Don’t make yourself seem busy by filling your schedule with mundane tasks.  The main question to ask yourself is if whether or not the tasks will get you closer to your ultimate goal.  Constantly checking your email or social media feeds will not make opportunities pop up any faster.

9.  “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu

If you are going to do something, make sure it’s purposeful.  You need to keep you energy levels high as a rebellious entrepreneur.  Filling up your day with nonsense will only drain your energy and leave you feeling weak when obstacles or opportunities approach.

10.  “Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” – John De Paola

Don’t rush towards success.  There are no shortcuts.  Take your time and work on your craft.  If the road towards your ultimate goal is easy, it’s not meaningful enough.

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11.  “Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed by the fire of enthusiasm.” – Norman Vincent Peale

It’s important to keep your entrepreneurial fire lit. People and events will try to break you down.  As long as you surround yourself with the right people and you truly believe in your mission or idea, nothing can stop you.

12.  “Trust your own instinct.  Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” – Billy Wilder

Give yourself more credit. Entrepreneurs cannot be afraid of listening to their instincts no matter how much criticism you think you will receive.

13.  “Stay away from what might have been and look at what will be.” – Marsha Petrie Sue

If you continue to focus on what might have been if you’ve done something different, then you will miss out on the possibilities that lay ahead of you. It’s best to live in the present, prepare for what’s to come, and remember the past.  Don’t live in the past.

14.  “Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Victoria Holt

Whatever happened, happened.  You can’t change it. Moving forward with regret will only make you feel stuck in the past.

15.  “If you lose today, win tomorrow.  In this never-ending spirit of challenge is the heart of a victor.” – Daisuka Ikeda

Not every day is going to be a good day.  If every day is perfect then you are not reaching high enough.

16. “Don’t wait for your feelings to change to take action.  Take the action and your feelings will change.” – Barbara Baron

You don’t always want to wake up before the sun rises.  But you do.  How you start your morning primes your fitness for taking action.  The longer you wait, the less action you will take.

17.  “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.” – William James

Your idea, services, or product, matters.  Why? Because you believe it matters.

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18.  “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller

Entrepreneurs can’t expect everything to be positive and filled with roses.  Brian Tracy said, “If you are always on, then you must be on something.”

19.  “It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings.”- Dale Carnegie

When things get rough, you cannot let your emotions take you over.  You may not always have control over your circumstances, but you are in control of your emotions.

20.  “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell

As long as you are doing what you love to do and continue to work at it, doors will open for you.  Active patience is always rewarded.

21.  “You alone are enough.  You have nothing to prove to anyone.” – Maya Angelou

If you are trying to prove something to others, you will learn that when you do reach your goal those people who you are trying to prove something to, still don’t care.

22.  “Live your life for you not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself.” – Sonya Parker

When you start worrying about what others think of you and try to make everyone like you, you become less of yourself.  You mold yourself into what others want you to become and you are no longer in control of your own destiny.

23.  “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer

Every obstacle means there is opportunity right around the corner.  You approach determines the outcome.

24.  “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

To live is to give.  A rebel entrepreneur fights against the status quo of building up the dollars in the bottom line and focus on the bottom line being the amount of people they help

25.  “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Without fear there is no such thing as strength, courage, and confidence.

Becoming an entrepreneur takes courage, but having the strength to stay on your journey as a rebellious entrepreneur means you’ve made fear your friend.

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7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

How it helps you:

If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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How it helps you:

Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

How it helps you:

This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

How it helps you:

One word: hierarchy.

All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

How it helps you:

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Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

6. What do you like about working here?

This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

How it helps you:

You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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How it helps you:

What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

Making Your Interview Work for You

Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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